December

What will 2014 hold for limited companies and sole traders?

The new year is here and, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), it is likely to be a positive one for limited companies and sole traders. John ...

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Skills shortage 'holding back UK manufacturing'

The UK's manufacturing sector is being held back by the skills shortage, according to one expert. Johnathan Dudley, Midlands managing partner and UK head ...

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HMRC rejects accusations of failing to chase big firms

A committee of MPs is urging HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to up its game when it comes to tax avoidance by large, multinational organisations. MP Margaret ...

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Business secretary proposes outlawing exclusivity on zero hour contracts

Business secretary Vince Cable has set forth a list of proposals to reduce exploitation of workers employed through zero hour contracts. His proposed reforms, ...

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Temporary workers 'a popular option for businesses'

Improving economic conditions in the UK have had a significant impact on the attitudes of businesses, as confidence improves about their financial futures. ...

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HMRC disputes PAC tax findings

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has hit back at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) following the release of its Annual Report & Accounts 2012-13, which ...

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Experts explain important role of PSCs

As the House of Lords Select Committee on Personal Service Companies (PSCs) continues, experts have been explaining how contractors use PSCs and why. ...

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Public sector pay squeeze 'could threaten recruitment'

UK policymakers have been warned that the public sector pay restraint could leave some government bodies struggling to recruit staff and retain the ones they ...

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CBI: Flexible contracts underpin growth and jobs

A recent survey has highlighted the vital role flexible contracts play in underpinning growth and creating new jobs. The CBI/Accenture Employment Trends Survey ...

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Cyber security 'vital for long-term business growth'

Businesses operating across a variety of industries in the UK have been warned that adopting tight cyber security strategies is a key factor in contributing to ...

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Recruiters 'should enhance mobile presence'

Contractors who are on the lookout for new project work could soon see a change in the way they apply for jobs, as mobile recruitment becomes a key trend in ...

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Govt takes steps to improve cyber security future

The government is taking steps to improve its cyber security capabilities, identifying that the public sector could suffer a skills shortfall over the next ...

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'Cautious yet positive' approach to hiring in 2014

While contractors will be in high demand in 2014, umbrella companies should expect employers to take a cautious yet positive approach to hiring. The latest ...

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A lack of language skills is a 'barrier for UK growth'

Contractors with language skills will find themselves in high demand until the UK puts a focus on developing non-English language capabilities. Research from ...

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'Hiring for growth': Demand for staff and opportunities increasing

Now is a great time to work as a contractor through an umbrella or through a UK limited company . The recent 'Hiring for Growth' member meeting saw ...

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HMRC policing IR35

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) achieved a tax yield of £1.1 million this year as a result of its new approach to policing IR35 . The tax body claims that since ...

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